Martin Luther King Day Service Opportunities

January 3, 2019

Many of ILCC member institutions will be holding days of service on Martin Luther King Day. Below you can see all the opportunities to serve and events honoring the day throughout Illinois.

The University of Illinois Springfield is holding a food distribution service project.  Participants will help set up the food distribution, assist community members with the selection of foods as well as other tasks associated with the event.  Other activities will include participation in the MLK Unity March and a Community Forum.

Parkland Community College is holding a food repack session for the Wesley Food Pantry at Parkland College.

North Park University is hosting a lecture on January 23rd, featuring Austin Channing Brown. NPU will also be taking their their Catalyst Semester Cohort to the National Public Housing Museum. There, we will listen to living stories about gentrification. The mission of the NPHM is to preserve, promote, and propel the right of all people to a home where they can live and prosper. We will discuss unjust housing laws in Chicago and the issues of segregation in this city.

Events will be held all MLK Week at North Central College, including a kickoff breakfast and keynote speaking. NCC’s Center for Social Impact will hold a community service project with local organizations, ChildServ and Hesed House.

Rockford University is holding two days of service, one on Monday, January 21 at the YMCA and another at the Northern Illinois Food on Tuesday, January 22.

McHenry County College is also holding a day of service where students can volunteer at Home of the Sparrow, Food Pantry at Crystal Lake, Pink Door Thrift Store, or Turning Point.

Northwestern University will be holding several events, such as a ChicagoInJustice Event. This event will be a big picture overview of problems in the criminal justice system from local community organizers plus an introduction to ways to get involved in reform efforts and include a reception and action opportunities following. There will also be a Day of Service on January 21 in partnership with Ebenezer AME Church, Cradles to Crayons, and Youth & Opportunity United.

If you would like your MLK events to be listed here, please contact Adrianne Beer at abeer2 {at} depaul(.)edu